Tower Peak Climber's Log

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LincolnB - Oct 17, 2020 6:19 pm Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2020

Long approach  Sucess!

Took me 22 hours of hiking time over three days, even though I used the shortcuts described by Romain and Burd. But still a popular peak - the Las Vegas Mountaineers Club left a notebook just two months ago and it already has a dozen entries


Romain - Sep 27, 2020 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 2020

NW Chute from Tower lake  Sucess!

Trip report.

Will Newcomb

Will Newcomb - Aug 14, 2018 6:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 6, 2018

NW Chute  Sucess!

Part of a three day excursion into the Hoover Wilderness.


BobD3 - Aug 18, 2017 8:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2017

North Ridge   Sucess!

From the outlet of Tower Lake, followed the north ridge directly up bypassing Tower Pass completely. Only had to break out the ax twice to get over 2 very short sections, maybe 25-40 ft. or so. The upper snowfield was bypassed on the right on class 2-3 rock. Then back up to the north ridge and to the summit via the standard route.
I would recommend this variation, There's some great views of the Watchtower that would be missed if climbing the standard route from Tower Lake to Tower Pass.


bechtt - Jul 17, 2016 9:47 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2016

NE Bowl to N Ridge  Sucess!

Day 3 of the North Yosemite peak bagging trip with Tommey. We had moved our camp from Seavey Pass to the head of Kerrick Meadows before day hiking over two passes to attack Tower from the east. A lot of snow still.


colinr - Aug 24, 2015 1:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2015


Summitted via Mono Village route passing over parts of Cirque Peak-Center Mtn.-Hawksbeak-Upper Walker Headwaters-Watchtower-N.Ridge of Tower. Scenic. Due to an accident, the trip out became unexpectedly arduous.


cdog - Aug 22, 2015 7:51 pm Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2015

summer vacay  Sucess!

Fun climb with friends Mark & Tim, from our base camp at Tower Lake. Despite the many wildfires going we lucked out with clear, beautiful skies.


jdmorehouse - Jul 27, 2015 9:01 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2015

The House of Pies  Sucess!

We hiked in from the Buckeye trail, crossing the stream several times. The trail was lost from time to time because of the numerous cow paths. Despite the note on the Summitpost page about this trail, don't drink the water until you're away from the meadows and well off the trail. We called this route the House of Pies for obvious reasons. We left the trail at a saddle and climbed to higher ground and went up the sandy slope of Hawksbeak before descending to the Rainbow Canyon lakes. Nice spot, but the mosquitoes were ravenous. The next day we climbed Tower Peak and traversed along the ridge connecting to Ehrenbeck. Climbing Ehrenbeck from this side is not trivial, btw. Be forewarned.


SchwartzOn - May 23, 2015 9:28 pm Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2013

NW Chute  Sucess!

Got to Tower Lake after dark and climbed this before the sun came up. April was tough- snow flurries and snowed in passes made the peak that much less accessible. Strait forward climbing and a fun descent back to Dorothy. The yellow legged mountain frog comes out of hibernation in April-May, and the trip was more about finding tadpoles than climbing.


mengbo - Oct 9, 2014 12:53 am Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2014

solo day hike  Sucess!

day hike, car to car: 16 hours.


WayneFry - Jul 24, 2014 11:56 pm Date Climbed: Jul 17, 2014

Tower via the Piute Chute  Sucess!

With a team of seven we climbed the steep narrow snow chute next to Watchtower to gain the saddle. We had so much fun we decided to call it the "Piute Chute". From there we scrambled up the north ridge, traversed into the staircase chute, and made our way to the summit.


craig512 - Aug 2, 2013 12:23 am Date Climbed: Jun 24, 2012

Great climb  Sucess!

This was definitely the easiest of the mountaineers peaks I've climbed thus far, but certainly worth it. We had a group of about 6 and camped just above Upper Piute Meadow. The trail above said meadow has an unbelievable amount of trees fallen down. So much so that you can't even find your way and you literally hop from one downed tree to the other as you try and gain elevation. I'm assuming this was caused by a major downburst in winter when everything was brittle.


plumeria - Sep 26, 2013 3:39 am

Re: Great climb

The trees reported by craig512 from his trip last year are all cleared off the trail, so it is now completely clear. Thanks Mr. Ranger for your hard work with the chainsaw!


seano - Sep 30, 2012 3:08 pm Date Climbed: Sep 28, 2012

From Leavitt Meadows  Sucess!

A long, long hike in the woods. It's a bit disappointing to see the cool-looking tower, then realize that it is not Tower, but the views were new and impressive. Trip report.


mrchad9 - Sep 26, 2011 11:42 am Date Climbed: Sep 25, 2011

NW Chute  Sucess!

Nice views and a nice looking peak.


ckerth - Sep 15, 2010 2:24 pm Date Climbed: Sep 13, 2010

NW Chute  Sucess!

Camped at Tower Lake and climbed the following morning. Nice views from the summit.

David Naylor

David Naylor - Jul 31, 2010 4:31 pm Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2009

From Lake Helen

On 4 day loop trip through Emigrant & Hoover Wilderness and N.W. corner of Yosemite. Camped at Lake Helen and came over the ridge that separates Lake Helen from Tower Lake. Nice route if you want to bag Tower Peak while backpacking from Leavitt Lake. I did not have time to summit unfortunately but now know this is a good alternative to the Leavitt Meadows approach. Crystal clear views on this day!


haishan - Sep 27, 2009 7:05 pm Date Climbed: Aug 23, 2003

North ridge  Sucess!

Stick to crest of ridge as much as possible; a fine mountain in fairly remote location. Hiked in from Leavitt Lake around nightfall, the best part of this solo hike was the fresh fish dinner and pleasant conversation I was treated to by a nice family whose campsite I stumbled across at dark.


xharv - Aug 29, 2009 1:56 pm Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2009

Tower Peak Repeat  Sucess!

This was a two-day trip from Bay Area, with a one-night base camp at Tower Lake. This late in the summer, the snow field above the lake was reduced to a narrow band towards the top of the pass, and easily bypassed on the right (west) side. Similarly, one could avoid a large snow field on the northwest face of Tower by reaching the north ridge to the left (north) of it. Follow the ridge towards the peak for as long as it is an easy class-2, then traverse to the northwest chute, and after some simple class-3 moves on a firm rock in the upper part of the chute reach the summit. It took about 2 hours and twenty minutes to get to the top from Tower Lake, with plenty of rest along the way. About 30 people signed up the register at the top this summer. The first climb this year was recorded on June 27. Brief trip report.


xharv - Jun 20, 2009 12:18 pm Date Climbed: Jun 18, 2009

So close, yet so far away

In the last hundred years, this was one of coldest and wetest Junes in the Northern Sierra. All creeks and the Walker River are swollen along the route from Leavitt Meadow to Tower area, and solid snow starts in Tower Creek Canyon at 8600 feet. I reached Tower Pass and Tower's North Ridge, but got stopped at NW chute. The upper part of the chute is covered by snow and ice, and too risky for a solo climber to attempt. As consolation prize, I took the higher (and simpler) of two 'watchtowers' that guard the northern end of Tower's North Ridge (see Jeff Moore's photo from June 2004). It may take a few more weeks before NW chute is clear and dry.

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